Parables, Prophets & Pillocks

By Carolyn Ch’ng Sue Ern

October 2010 BOOK REVIEW
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Datuk Tay Hooi Keat, “Weld Quay, Penang”, 1968-80, 60 x 90 cm, oil on canvas.
Cecil Rajendra is a pioneering human rights lawyer and acclaimed poet. He published his first collection of poetry – Embryo – in London in 1965 while still studying law. Parables, Prophets & Pillocks is the Malaysian wordsmith’s 20th collection.Parables, Prophets & Pillocks is divided into four “testaments” in which run four different themes. The first testament takes on political shenanigans both local and abroad. News reels are echoed in the poems while verses about monk killings, judicial inquiries, Internal Security...

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Carolyn Ch’ng Sue Ern

is interning at SERI. She is double-majoring in Economics and Financial Mathematics in the us.